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Jefferson County Man Guilty of Child Pornography Violations
BEAUMONT, Texas – A 24-year-old Beaumont man has pleaded guilty to child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Michael Brandan Griffith pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography today before U.S. District Judge Keith F. Giblin.
According to information presented in court, on Jan. 20, 2012, federal and local agents executed a search warrant at Griffith’s residence in Beaumont, Texas. Several computers and digital storage devices were seized during the search and found to contain more approximately 111 images and 59 videos of child pornography. Some of the material included prepubescent children under the age of 12 engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
Griffith faces up to 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set.
This case is being investigated by the Homeland Security Investigations and the Beaumont Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice.